The Walking Dead’s midseason finale got the show back on track

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Warning: Spoilers for The Walking Dead season 9, episode 8 below.

This season of The Walking Dead has had its own meta storyline, complete with ups, downs, and breathtaking cliffhangers. After several seasons of declining ratings, it was announced earlier this year that showrunner Scott Gimple was leaving the show, with Angela Kang set to take over for season 9. The idea was that Kang’s new vision for the show could revitalize The Walking Dead, starting with a reimagined title sequence.

At first, it seemed to work. The pending departure of Andrew Lincoln, who plays series star Rick Grimes, kept viewership numbers afloat. At one point, it seemed that the show was upending viewer expectations by dispatching Rick earlier than expected. It…

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